The entire Group Board and Academy are happy to welcome you to the Group Psychology Section of the American Board of Professional Psychology website. We hope you are considering preparing for and eventually sitting for the Group Psychology ABPP exam—an experience not to be missed by group therapists and group leaders across the country who are invested in demonstrating the expertise they possess in group psychology and group psychotherapy. To a person, the current Group Diplomates feel rewarded for their efforts to obtain such an important advanced credential; and we hope you will join us.
On this website you will find links to the application materials you will need to begin your adventure. The ABPP Central Office is also exceedingly helpful in this endeavor, especially in their efforts to encourage early career professionals to get started by sending in needed documentation for the group application. The Group Board and Academy are also very interested in supporting the efforts of senior psychologists who can apply for the Senior Option, explained in detail on this website. Of course, we are also very interested in all the group psychologists who reside between the early-entry and senior psychologists.
Our organization also provides helpful information to the public about the research that attests to the efficacy and efficiency of group treatments. When asked for referrals by qualified group professionals, our Board and Academy happily provides the names of those individuals whose training and skills have been reviewed by their peers, which assures the public that their group leader has obtained a high level of competency in this specialty.
We strongly encourage all Group Psychologists—early entry, mid-career, and seniors—who are interested in obtaining the prestigious ABPP credential to begin this process. We look forward to you joining our group of group people!
Sally H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP (Group and Clinical),
CGP, President, American Board of Group Psychology, Professor of Psychology, BYU, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine U of U